The Green Fuse.
The force that through the green fuse drives the flower
Photographs by Patricia Galagan.
Self Published, 2013. 48 pp., 20 color illustrations, 8¼x8¼".
Signed copies available!
Fine art photographer Patricia Galagan's depiction of a Northern New Mexico forest recovering after a wildfire shows nature in the act of survival.
Drives my green age; that blasts the roots of trees
Is my destroyer. -Dylan Thomas
'The Green Fuse project documents the visual and biological transformation of a forest in the days, months, and years following a major wildfire. These photographs confirm that although a wildfire reduces trees to standing charcoal and the ground to ash, the cycle of nature resumes with new green growth as soon as there is moisture.
'Disruption is a frequent theme of my work. I’m drawn to the effects of extreme change on people and landscapes and how they cope and recover. Much of my work concerns the aftermath of upheaval, be it geological or social, momentary, or spread over years.
'Unlike most aftermath photography, which is created for news or shock value, my work concerns the intimate details of disruption and adaptation that make a larger story digestible. The wildfire project reframes a major ecological event on a scale we can relate to.' - Patricia Galagan